Lets Face It, North Korea Is A Backwards Corrupt Failing Excuse For A Country. Knowledge Is Power, Let The North Koreans See How Much Better Quality Of Life Is In Capitalist Democratic Countries And They Will Quickly Overrun Their Corrupt Government. It Would Also Rid The World Of The Threat Of Their Certifiably Insane Dictator.
The internet is an excellent source for information, research, entertainment, shopping, productivity (or lack thereof :P), etc. that every human should have access to. It's not fair to let some humans access the internet and not others based on their country of residence. It would be a case of generalization and/or racism to say that North Koreans shouldn't have access. Dangerous people shouldn't have access and not all North Koreans are dangerous.
Yesterday one of the major stories making headlines was the large-scale disruption of Internet services in North Korea, which lasted nearly all day. The fact of the matter is, though, that the number of people with access to the Internet in North Korea is so small, it is no wonder that hackers were able to disrupt service. Access should be expanded, so that the average North Korean citizen can gain a greater understanding of their insular country's strange relationship to the rest of the world.
North Korea is able to maintain such secrecy because they can control their citizens so well. If the people of North Korea knew what the rest of the world was like, and could communicate with the rest of the world, that might not be the case. If more people in North Korea had Internet, the world would know more about what went on there.
While the internet itself isn't responsible for growing freedoms around the world, access to information certainly is. By getting more North Koreans access to information via the internet, the oppressed citizens would hopefully be able to overthrow the country's rulers and get some freedom and help. It might be a long stretch to suggest that, but the current state of the people of North Korea isn't good at all.
North Korea's government has been stuck in the 1970s. Of course, there have been some recent developments where North Koreans have been able to purchase and use cell phones, but they can only make calls from within the country or suffer consequences. The country does have its own closed intranet system in place that can view information which their government has granted them access to. In truth, I would like to see North Korea jump into the 21st century, but under their current policies, it seems highly unlikely that the dictatorship would want that.
Um, after their latest stunt I don't really think so. It's not really my problem though. Their government should be banned from the Internet, but that will never happen. I don't know that I blame the poor people that are a part of the general population though. They are probably living in fear that the government will throw a big baby fit and chop their heads off.